‘Bendery Destroyer Battalion’

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‘Bendery Destroyer Battalion’

Post by Jeff Leach » 23 Apr 2019 14:40

In the war diary of the 9th Army on 10 July 1941, there is mention of a ‘Bendery Destroyer Battalion’. It should be some kind of rear area security unit, perhaps someone knows more about it. The entry in the war diary is:

По донесению командира БЕНДЕРСКОГО истребительного батальона в ЧИМИШЛИЙСКОМ (Cimişlia, Moldavia) районе восстало местное кулачество, разграбивдее магазин и уничтожающее работников местной сласти и Красноармейцев. Для ликвидации командиром батальона выслан отряд, захвати вший до 20 человек, остальные разбежались. Проводятся мероприятия по дальнейшей ликвидации бандитизма.

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Re: ‘Bendery Destroyer Battalion’

Post by Art » 23 Apr 2019 19:09

Irregular militia created in June 1941 for rear security or as a core for partizan warfare.

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Re: ‘Bendery Destroyer Battalion’

Post by Art » 24 Apr 2019 07:16

Some information about Moldavia from "Na okhrane tyla strany...." (1988)

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Note that "battalions" were in reality rarely more than companies (100-200 men).

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Re: ‘Bendery Destroyer Battalion’

Post by Jeff Leach » 24 Apr 2019 19:00

Thanks Art.

I seem to also remember the 172nd NKVD Battalion being attached to the 95th Rifle Division, in about the same area and the about same time. If I can find the document again, I'll post the reference.

The account is really most interesting because it mentions civil unrest in the Soviet rear area. In the end, a battalion of the 321st Motorized Rifle Regiment (15th Motorized Division) was dispatched to the area to restore order.

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